Wednesday, September 2, 2015     Volume: 30, Issue: 5
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How should decision makers hold developers responsible for their impact on already low water supplies?

Copy Cambria: build an emergency water facility, hope for the best.
Pose as Paso : Ban new water use unless it can be offset.
Pretend to be Pismo: (allegedly) con someone into buying water for you.
Screw rules: El Niño will save us.

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'The juvenile justice system is really a reflection of what's going on in the home ...'

BY KYLIE MENDONCA

In the corridors of SLO County Juvenile Hall, a painted yellow line on the concrete floor dictates to inmates the appropriate path to follow—straight down the center, through locked door after locked door. Kids straddle that line as they shuffle between classroom activities, legal proceedings, and their tiny, cage-windowed bedrooms. It’s a sparse and serious place, pun... [ Read More ]

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News

SLO resident rocks the boat of front yard parking ordinance

BY JONO KINKADE

The exact location of a boat kept on a driveway at the end of a San Luis Obispo cul-de-sac is the subject of debate between the boat’s owner and city officials. That feud ha...

Cambria to allow outdoor watering

BY JONO KINKADE

Cambria residents may now water their outdoor landscapes, gardens, and trees, as long as they stay within existing water limitations. On Aug. 20, the Cambria Community Servic...

Desal in SLO County closer to reality

BY CHRIS MCGUINNESS

Using desalinated ocean water to combat the impact of the state’s brutal drought on SLO County is slightly closer to actually happening. The issue was the center of a lengt...

New developer for Avila's Harbor Terrace campground

BY KYLIE MENDONCA

The 32-acre Harbor Terrace project near Avila Beach hit another speed bump in August when negotiations between the Harbor District and the HomeFed Corporation broke down. At t...

Cal Poly pays to remove Moriarty's name from Spanos scoreboard

BY CHRIS MCGUINNESS

After years of disgraced alumnus Al Moriarty’s name emblazoned on the scoreboard at the campus sports stadium, Cal Poly can finally remove the convicted fraudster’s name, ...

SLO County Jail inmate allegedly throws urine at deputy

BY CHRIS MCGUINNESS

A SLO County Jail inmate with an alleged history of violence is facing a criminal charge after authorities said he attacked a sheriff’s deputy with urine. The SLO County Di...

Pros and cons: Inmates help fight Cuesta Fire thanks to state program

BY CHRIS MCGUINNESS

Editor’s note: New Times did not include the last names of any inmates at the request of The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and Cal Fire. The day's...

Proactive maneuvers, fair weather helped firefighters contain Cuesta Fire

BY JONO KINKADE

A Cal Fire pickup truck carefully drives up the chalky dirt road toward the East Ridge of the Cuesta Grade on Aug. 21. Down below, Highway 101 and what’s visible of San Luis...

Cougars & Mustangs

BY CHRIS WHITE-SANBORN

Dr. Jim Eickemeyer, of the Cuesta College Physics Department, has enjoyed three wonderful years of educational European tours with interested Cuesta College students. These we...

Commentary

Don't get complacent

BY WILLIAM L. SEAVEY

Bravo to Jono Kinkade for managing to make (some) sense out of the fire/forest issue in Cambria in the Aug. 20 New Times cover story (“Cutting down catastrophe”). I can se...

Letters

Support an independent water district in Paso

Pearl Munak - Paso Robles

Planting of new grapes has helped lower the water table in the Paso Robles Basin by 70 feet in recent years, causing wells of rural residents to go dry. More wells will go dry...

Support the End of Life Option Act

Tim Rochte - Los Osos

I am very pleased to provide readers with an important legislative update regarding the subject of a recent New Times opinion piece written by Dr. Zaf Iqbal, “The Dignified ...

Morro Bay doesn't need fireworks

Lynda Merrill - Morro Bay

I watched the Morro Bay Tourism Bureau meeting where Michelle Jacquez proposed fireworks be added to the Harbor Festival. Her reasoning was that this would lure people staying...

Common Core is common sense

Don Casebolt - Santa Maria

Common Core fundamentally is akin to making a standard requirement that all children learn their multiplication tables by a certain age. It’s just that simple. Mr. Bargenqua...

Shredder

He's just not that into you

It’s happened to us all. You think you’ve met Mr. Right, only to have him break your heart. I’ve been there, girl! Don’t worry! It gets easier. It really does. Take C...

Street Talk

What was the hottest news story of the summer?

Emma Boehm Sean Sullivan Erik Thurston Tenisha Thorne

Strokes and Plugs

Shine a light: Firefighters bike California to raise cancer awareness

BY SEAN MCNULTY

The road from San Francisco to the Santa Monica Pier threads some 500 miles of tarmac through the pastures, bluffs, and beaches of California’s Central Coast. Steve Winter, ...

Arts

Savages to run amuck at Steynberg Gallery Sept. 4

BY HAYLEY THOMAS

I recently discovered the phenomenon that is “The IKEA Monkey meme,” thanks to Delaware artist Morgan Hamilton. He dropped the bomb during our very normal interview regard...

Erin Hanson's Wine Country is a Technicolor dream

BY HAYLEY THOMAS

Painter Erin Hanson is forever driving her van to deserted places. She packs her digital camera, some bedding (there’s a mattress in the back), and a set of steel nerves. Wh...

Lazy Arrow Adventures hosts Western dances, shooting, and more

BY HAYLEY THOMAS

There are two things in life I can never, ever pass up. One is kissing mini donkeys and the other is country dancing with my husband (we honeymooned in Austin for this very re...

It's time for the Summer Craft Invitational at Studios on the Park

BY HAYLEY THOMAS

Do you need an artsy porcelain mug to hold your morning coffee? How about a clean, modern receptacle to showcase your cool new air plant? Or, perhaps you are looking for that ...

SLOMA offers after-school art classes

BY HAYLEY THOMAS

There are a lot of things your kids could be doing after school: watching re-runs, throwing rocks at cars, poking dead animals. Why not teach them the invaluable art of making...

Music

Maestro Michael Nowak to conduct a Labor Day Pops concert at Madonna Expo Center on Sept. 6

BY GLEN STARKEY

You can still get your Labor Day Pops fix this year when maestro Michael Nowak conducts a 60-musician-strong symphony concert on Sunday, Sept. 6, at the Alex Madonna Expo Cent...

Film

'American Ultra' is like 'The Bourne Identity' meets 'Pineapple Express'

Jesse Eisenberg stars as Mike Howell, a stoner-slacker who unbeknownst to himself is actually a sleeper agent for a secret but now suspended CIA program. When his ex-handler...

Flavor

Cookbook author Brigit Binns opens her Paso Robles-based Refugio Kitchen to foodie acolytes

BY HAYLEY THOMAS

When it comes to food, Brigit Binns is the real deal. She isn’t afraid to make little noises of joy while she eats, and she’s a lifelong devotee of “the crispy bits” t...

Hayley's Pick

SLO Comfort Sparkling Tea's Amazing Mango and Scar of the Sea's 2013 Bien Nacido Vineyard Pinot Noir

I’m a pretty bubbly person (at least when I’m not thangry—that’s thirsty and angry mixed together). When I feel a bout of thanger coming on, I need to look outside of ...

Hot Dates

South by South County

The Great American Melodrama in Oceano takes theater-goers to the swamps of New Orleans in their latest spoof, La Rue’s Return, on stage through Sept. 19. The story centers ...

Weekend wheels

This one’s a classic. On Labor Day weekend, Sept. 4 and 5, the Golden State Classics Car Show will kick off in Paso Robles with a Friday night cruise through downtown from 6...

Glassing up the joint

Gallery at the Network in SLO goes for round three with its latest exhibit of works in glass titled Glass Act III, on view through Sept. 30. Featuring work from seven local ar...